• The holidays are a lot. There's family to see, presents to buy, gifts to wrap and a whole lot more to consider.
  • So if you're feeling like you need an escape and maybe a stiff drink, we're here for you.
  • These are some of the most chill Montreal bars to escape to if the holidays are stressing you out.

The holidays are awesome and spending time with your family is great and all but let’s be real, this time of the year is exhausting. The holidays can drive anyone to drink and in a city that is crawling with bars, it is sometimes hard to pinpoint what bar has the right vibe. After the holiday rush ends, it is important to get back to what really matters and that is drinking in a chill and cozy environment. So look no further, we've got a great selection of chill Montreal bars to escape to if your family is just... too much.

We all know about the hot spot night clubs that offer loud music, annoying drunk people and overpriced bottle services, but not all of us know where those chill and relaxed bars are. 

The older I get the more I appreciate drinking alone. That may sound sad and a little pathetic but in reality, it's far from that. I have reached a certain level of comfort and confidence within myself, allowing me to be okay with sipping on a cocktail by myself. 

This is why the list of chill bars I made is made up of cool places to either check out solo, with friends or even a date. The options are endless!

These cool bars offer something unique, but they all have providing us with a chill space where we can escape the pressures of the holidays in common.

Clandestino

Where: 436 Rue St-Francois-Xavier

This hidden mezcal and tequila speakeasy feels like a Manhattan hot spot — perfect if you just need to get your head out of Montreal for a few hours.

Here you'll find the alcohol-induced tranquillity you so desperately need. 

Find out more about this speakeasy here!

Yïsst

Where: 901 Rue St-Zotique

Yïsst is one of my more recent discoveries and I'm here to fill you all in on the fact that it's awesome. 

The large room is an ideal space to catch up with friends or drink alone with your thoughts — whichever you need.

The music is low enough for you to have a conversation without yelling and loud enough to create an ambience. 

And, to top it off, there are a ton of small plates to nosh on and take our brain away from the world outside. So, your mind and stomach will both be satisfied.

Check it out!

Bar Waverly

Where: 5550 Blvd St-Laurent

This hip hangout has one of the chilliest and most laid back vibes in the city. The sleek decor combined with the tasty drinks makes this a great spot to chill out after the holidays. 

The candlelit, dim lighting helps you feel right at home

Find out more!

Taverne Cobra

Where: 6584 Blvd Saint Laurent

If you're looking for a bar that can take you to a totally different decade, this spot is for you. 

This one of a kind bar is equipped with memorabilia from your childhood. This trendy spot is one of the bars I frequent when I need some time to myself and it always manages to put me in a good mood. 

And, as a bonus, there are arcade games! Time to embrace that inner child inside of you.

See what's up here!

Fitzroy

Where: 551 Ave Mont-Royal E

Fitzroy is a cool and stylish hangout that not only serves alcohol but also houses 15 pool tables and a ton of comfy couches to relax on.

From the moment you enter this establishment, you will instantly feel at home. Needless to say, this spot has a chill and casual vibe that's ideal for anyone who needs an escape after those intense family dinners. 

Read more about Fitzroy here!

The Coldroom

Where: Rue Saint Vincent

The Coldroom is one of the best places to escape the holiday madness. Serving up gourmet cocktails in a hidden exposed-brick location, this chill spot has a relaxed vibe that will instantly calm you down. 

There is a warmth that is instantly felt when entering this establishment, which is what keeps me and so many others going back time and time again. 

The Coldroom's slogan is "Those who don't believe in cocktails will never find us." When looking for it, just remember: look for the duck.

Check the cocktail menu out here!

Else’s

Where: 156 Rue Roy E

For those of you looking for a friendly and cozy pub then you are going to want to check out Else’s.

This neighbourhood pub is decorated with beer paraphernalia allowing guests to feel like they have entered a bar straight out of a movie. 

The casual and classic bar feel is what makes this place so chill, which is exactly what the majority of us need right now.

You can find Else's Facebook page here!

Bar Le Lab

Where: 279 Rue St Catherine E

With an old-world charm with a modern flair, Bar Le Lab is a super chill spot if you are looking for a place to escape the intensity of the holidays.

The prohibition era inspired bar will not only force you to escape your family but will transport you to a different era completely. 

Intrigued? Find out more here.

Cloakroom Bar 

Where: 2175 Rue de la Montagne #100

From the cozy decor to the dimly-lit setting, Cloakroom Bar is a must for anyone in need of an escape from the holiday glee.

The specialty drinks at his stylish speakeasy are an appreciated bonus! You can never go wrong with a cool spot that has even cooler cocktails.

Find out more!


Wishing you all an (at least somewhat) chill holiday season!

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